Through a generous grant from Methow Valley Long Term Recovery, Hannah McIntosh has joined TwispWorks as an Economic Development Coordinator supporting businesses in the Methow Valley.
Hannah will focus on identifying and implementing opportunities for economic recovery and resilience in the Methow Valley in response to the 2014-2015 wildfires. She will work closely with local business owners to understand opportunities, strengths and areas where assistance is needed. Hannah will also work closely with broader county-wide efforts around economic recovery to ensure the needs of the Valley business community are reflected. In addition, she will continue to support the Valley brand through programs including Methow Made.
Hannah’s passion for rural living and deep experience in city and regional planning are a perfect combination to support TwispWorks’ efforts of increasing the economic vitality of the Methow Valley. She has Master’s degrees from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in development studies, and from the University of Washington, in urban planning. She has more than 15 years’ experience in major project management, community development, transportation planning and public policy. Most recently, she led the development of a 10-year strategic plan for Seattle transportation and the successful passage of the largest transportation funding measure in Seattle history in her role as Chief of Staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Hannah grew up in the Carson Valley, Nevada, a ranching and outdoor recreation community in the shadow of the Sierras. She lives in Twisp with her husband and four-year old son.